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Nowhere Boy (2009)

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A chronicle of John Lennon's first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life.


(as Sam Taylor-Wood)


Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 6 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John (as Aaron Johnson)
Marie's Friend
Angela Walsh ...
Richard Syms ...
James Johnson ...
Alex Ambrose ...
Abby Greenhalgh ...
Jackie (aged 6)


The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. Written by CynthiaPowell

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


As a boy all John Lennon needed was love. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 October 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi nombre es John Lennon  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£148,157 (UK) (25 December 2009)


$1,445,366 (USA) (3 December 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this film David Threlfall plays Anne-Marie Duff's brother-in-law. In the series Shameless (2004) he played her father. See more »


When offering a cheek to kiss on John and Julia's first outing she offers her left cheek when the camera is behind John but when the camera switches to a side view she is offering her right. See more »


John: There's just no point hating someone you love.
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Referenced in Maltin on Movies: Barney's Version (2011) See more »


Twenty Flight Rock
Written by Eddie Cochran (as Edward Cochran), Ned Fairchild
Published by Campbell Connelly & Co Limited
Performed by Sam Bell & Patrick Murdoch
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User Reviews

This movie is truly wonderful!!
28 July 2010 | by (Pakistan) – See all my reviews

NOWHERE BOY – CATCH IT ( A ) Based upon the early life of Mr. John Lennon, this movie is truly wonderful… best thing about the movie is it's more of a British family drama then changed into totally music extravaganza… AarOn Johnson is undoubtedly the Best young Actor around … His portrayal of john Lennon' s is just incredible…from sweetness, to witness and cockiness… he grapes perfectly on all parts of John Lennon's behavior. Other incredible performance in the movie is by Anne-Marie Duff... She is outstanding, she is so good that I actually forgot that I m watching a movie and she is playing her role... You just want to see her previous work that good she is in this movie...Kristin Scott Thomas gave another great performance... All these three actors make the movie believable and if John Lennon would have been alive today... must be proud of them... In the end 1st time Director Sam Taylor-Wood did an excellent job with the story and movie. I still think about the movie and want to watch all over again.

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